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Sixth Street crash slows rush hour traffic

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A collision between a blue Prius and semi-truck just before 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sixth and Monroe streets resulted in slowed traffic in the busy area.

No injuries resulted. The Prius was towed due to "heavy damage," said Beatrice Police Department Captain Jerry Lamkin.

The semi was southbound in the outside lane on Sixth Street near Monroe street, Lamkin said.

"A Toyota Prius driven by a Beatrice resident was stopped in the inside lane behind traffic waiting to turn east -- probably into McDonald's," Lamkin said. "Apparently, the driver decided not to wait any longer and decided to change lanes. The driver did not see the very large semi in the other lane and basically drove underneath it. I’m going to guess it was the legs of the trailer that caught the vehicle and basically destroyed it."

The 45-year-old female drive of the Prius was sighted with a traffic violation. The driver of the semi was a 42-year-old male.

Three Beatrice Police Department vehicles were on-site shortly after 5 p.m. and the officers were directing traffic.

The semi and Prius sat in the southbound lanes of Sixth Street at Monroe Street, the Prius with its front bumper torn off and other debris scattered. Surrounding northbound traffic was isolated to one lane.

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